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It’s a walk in the park

Get-Out-and-Walk-InfographicStarting a new fitness routine can be intimidating, that’s why we’re recommending that you start this one step at a time – literally. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently released a video encouraging people to walk more.

According to the NRPA, one-third of the adults in the United States are overweight, and less than 50 percent of adults get their needed amount of recommended weekly exercise.  Walking just 30 minutes each day has long-term benefits. It can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, depression and some cancers and can lower blood pressure and sugar levels.

So let’s get started. Seattle Parks and Recreation has 120 miles of developed and semi-developed trails scattered through beautiful forests, beaches and meadows. Take a look at the list here and pick a walk for yourself this weekend. If you want something more urban, do some laps at Green Lake Park or Maple Leaf Reservoir Park or walk along the water at Lake Union.

With 400+ parks in our area, there’s no reason not to get moving! Grab your tennis shoes and get healthier.

September 5 community invited to celebrate expansion of Hing Hay Park

 

Hing Hay Park is the premier gathering space in the Chinatown-International District.  Hing Hay literally means “pleasurable gatherings.” On Saturday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the community is invited to celebrate Hing Hay Park at 423 Maynard Ave. S. before construction begins for the park expansion in the fall.

The celebration marks the upcoming construction of the Hing Hay Park expansion and the closing weekend of the Bruce Lee Year 1 exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing), which will be open until 8 p.m. that night. The celebration starts with plenty of activities for families to enjoy.  The event features displays of the new Hing Hay Park expansion, historic photographs of the park, children’s activities including paper lantern making, coloring, face painting and dragon hand tattoos, table tennis and chess. All will be treated to a Bruce Lee movie entitled  “Enter the Dragon “ at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). [Read more…]

May we have this dance? Dancing ‘til Dusk continues through August

Dancing 'til Dusk in Westlake Park

Dancing ’til Dusk in Westlake Park, photo by TIA International Photography

Are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here, and the time is right, for dancing in the street PARKS!

Grab your friends, kids, neighbors or significant other and get ready for the second half or our annual Dancing ‘til Dusk events.

The Dancing ‘til Dusk program began in 2007. The original program produced five Thursday nights of dancing, one night for each of five styles—Waltz, Zydeco, Salsa, Line Dancing and Swing. Seattle Parks and Recreation bought an outdoor dance floor, set up a bandstand and distributed invitations widely. Dancers of all ages and abilities came from all over the city and beyond, from a diverse cultural and economic base. Dancing ’til Dusk was born, and has been growing ever since. Now moving into its ninth year, the program includes four downtown parks with 15 nights of dancing, drawing a crowd of 500-800 people per night. [Read more…]

Explore the Japanese Garden after hours by the light of the moon

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden, RayPfortner.com

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden, RayPfortner.com

Enjoy the Seattle Japanese Garden after hours for the annual Moon Viewing Festival from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. For one enchanting evening each year, the Japanese Garden is magically lit up with lanterns, luminaries and floating boats on the pond welcoming the arrival of the full moon in Japanese tradition.

During o-tsukimi –the Japanese word for moon viewing–the beauty of the garden is enhanced by the sweet sounds of live instrumental music afloat in the night air, inspiring both romance and poetry.

Performers include Marcia Takamura and Chigusa Kitai on koto, James Jennings on shakuhachi, Gretchen Yanover on cello, and White Swans Records artist Gary Stroutsos on bamboo flute.

The festival features a popular haiku writing contest sponsored by Haiku Northwest. Winning poems, which are awarded prizes, will be read aloud to the audience at the end of the evening. [Read more…]

Laurelhurst Community Center and friends to host Laurelhurst Salmon Bake

salmon, rolls and watermelon on picnic table

Laurelhurst Salmon Bake 2014

Join your family and friends for the traditional Salmon Bake at Laurelhurst from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Special community businesses, Laurelhurst Community Center, Lifelong Recreation and Specialized Programs have partnered to make this another fun event for neighbors to enjoy.

This salmon bake features delicious food and great entertainment. The menu includes grilled wild salmon, corn on the cobb, watermelon, tangy coleslaw, fresh rolls and chocolate brownies. Adult salmon dinner is $15; child salmon dinner (12 and younger) is $10. Hot dog or garden burger dinner is $8. [Read more…]

Bitter Lake Community Center celebrates Night Out with Mayor Murray

Mayor Murray and Bitter Lake Community Center's drill team, The Divas, at Night Out, Aug. 4.

Mayor Murray and Bitter Lake Community Center’s drill team, The Divas, at National Night Out, Aug. 4.

Mayor Murray and Bitter Lake Community Center's kendo class at Night Out, Aug. 4.

Mayor Murray and Bitter Lake Community Center’s Kendo class at National Night Out, Aug. 4.

Mayor Ed Murray joined more than 250 community members at Bitter Lake Community Center’s National Neighborhood Night Out event on Aug. 4.  Neighbors were treated to free food and activities such as face painting and carnival games.  Bitter Lake’s drill team, The Divas, and its very popular Kendo class performed for the crowd.  Attendees received information about upcoming programs and events at the community center and learned about nearby services provided by the Department of Neighborhoods.

Seattle Japanese Garden invites wandering and wondering

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Brian Jones

From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, visit the Seattle Japanese Garden for its Wandering and Wondering event. Wander through the garden and wonder at the sights and sounds emerging from the landscape. Experience the beauty and tranquility of the garden in a unique way.

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Brian Jones

Visitors will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in locations throughout the garden as the performers engage in a minute-by-minute response to all the scents, sounds, sights and sensations of the garden. This annual summer event is directed by Joan Laage, director of Kogut Butoh. [Read more…]

Windermere Summer Splash comes to Green Lake Aug. 15

Green Lake

Green Lake

Come experience the Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15!

In addition to featuring corporate crew races, the event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families. There will be food vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and opportunities to experience rowing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Windermere Summer Splash is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate in partnership with George Pocock Rowing Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Most activities will be located on the southwest corner of the park near the Green Lake Small Craft Center.

For more information, please visit www.windermeresummersplash.com.

Put on your party hat, Seattle Parks is throwing a month-long bash

Park-and-Rec-Month-2015-290What’s your favorite thing to do in July? Eat popsicles? Take vacation? Stargaze? Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month?! There’s only one correct answer here, folks.

The National Recreation and Park Association has hosted Park and Recreation Month since 1985, and this year, they’re asking people to celebrate it under the theme totally tubular ‘80s. Challenge accepted.

This July we’ll be holding a variety of activities in our parks and community centers, so pick one that sounds rad and we’ll see you there like, fer sure. [Read more…]

Take center stage: Make Music Seattle is happening June 21

MMSGenericLogo2OL.fwThey say all the world’s a stage, and this Sunday that statement rings true. On June 21, for the first time, Seattle will be joining more than 700 cities in a worldwide music celebration called Make Music.

Make Music is a free festival held each year on the summer solstice across the globe where musicians young and old, amateur and professional, of every genre pour into streets, parks and plazas to share their talent with the community. All of the events are free and open to the public. [Read more…]